The F-Type R gets a V8 but also special treatment in the cabin, with Windsor leather as standard. In addition, you get a large ten-inch touchscreen infotainment display that is now standard across the range, along with 12-way power-adjustable seats and even a solar attenuating windscreen to help keep the cabin cool on hot days. However, despite strong build quality and a good mix of premium materials, the R is not the greatest place to sit, particularly in standard form. Single-zone climate control is equipped, and you have to pay extra for features like dual-zone or heated and ventilated seats. On the plus side, the design is attractive and an excellent sound system is standard.
So, those seats. They're 12-way power-adjustable and swathed in rich leather. They're also supportive and relatively comfortable, but those over six-foot will find a shortage of headroom and legroom. You won't be hunched over the steering wheel, but you can't properly relax either. They're called R Performance seats, and as the name suggests, they're designed to keep your body firmly in place rather than in luxury. The view out the front is fairly good, but the back window is tiny and the optional blind-spot monitoring will be worth shelling out an extra $500 on. Overall, this is a confining cabin that you'll not want to spend a lot of time in unless you have masochistic tendencies or a resemblance in size to your average garden gnome. If your passenger has a contagious illness, a trip to your local hospital would be well-advised since the pair of you will have exchanged the contents of your lungs repeatedly. At least then you can get your back checked out too, since the suspension has probably thrown some shapes there.
|Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Trims||R Coupe|
|Headroom Front Seat||36.8 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||42.8 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.5 in.|
As standard, the R coupe comes with Windsor leather upholstery, with a choice of either Ebony leather with Ebony stitching or Ebony leather with Ivory stitching. Ebony leather with either Siena Ran or Pimento red stitching is also available. Ivory leather with contrasting Ebony or Pimento leather with the same contrast can also be had at no extra cost, as can Siena Tan two-tone leather. Alternatively, you can fork out $1,020 for Ebony leather with suede inserts, or $2,550 for a choice between Pimento or Siena Tan leather with extended interior coverage. The headlining can also be played with and you can have suede there for $970 or Ebony leather for $2,245. Three different aluminum trim finishes for the center console can be had at no cost, while carbon fiber costs $765. Red seatbelts can also be specced for $360, while brushed aluminum accents feature throughout the cabin as standard.
The F-Type R coupe offers a 14.4 cubic-foot trunk but if you think that means plenty of space, you're unfortunately mistaken. The trunk is long but shallow and very narrow, which makes it near impossible to carry anything more than an overnight bag or two. Even a golf bag, something quintessential to the typical Jag-owner stereotype, won't fit.
In the cabin, you get narrow door cards and a tiny glovebox, along with a pair of shallow cupholders. Essentially, this car is all about its performance and offers little practical ability.
The F-Type R coupe features a number of the standard features you'd expect in a vehicle at this price point, including keyless entry, an active exhaust system, configurable ambient lighting, heated mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. Its windscreen also features solar attenuating glass, which helps reduce heat from sunlight passing through. In addition, you get adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, adaptive dampers, a driver condition monitor, a rearview camera, and advanced safety features like lane-keep assist, traffic sign recognition, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. However, the air-conditioning is single-zone, requiring you to shell out extra for dual-zone. Other options include a panoramic glass roof, automatic high beams, heated or heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, a power tailgate, a heated windscreen, park assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
If you're hoping that the infotainment system makes living with the F-Type a little easier, you're about to be disappointed again. Yes, for 2020 Jaguar has gifted us with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, and you also get navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. However, the system doesn't respond particularly quickly and is confusing to navigate. Fortunately, the ten-inch touchscreen InControl infotainment setup is at least hooked up to a powerful ten-speaker Meridian sound system, with a 12-speaker upgrade available.